Ukrainian Culture Minister denounces Netflix’s ‘offensive’ show Emily in Paris
Netflix’s hit show Emily in Paris has been criticized for its “offensive” portrayal of Ukrainians.
Ukrainian Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko lodged a complaint with the streaming service giant about the show’s stereotypes, calling it “unacceptable”.
The show’s second series features Petra, from Kiev, an uneducated thief with a bad fashion sense played by Ukrainian actress Daria Panchenko.
But the addition to the cast has not been well received by Ukrainians, who Tkachenko says find the stereotypes offensive.
The show’s first series, which stars Lily Collins, has also been hit by allegations of stereotypes
Oleksandr Tkachenko says the show does not show Ukrainians how they want to be seen abroad, calling it “unacceptable”
“In the 1990s and 2000s, Ukrainians were mostly described as gangsters,” he said. “Over time that has changed. However, not in this case.
“In Emily in Paris, we have a caricature of a Ukrainian woman which is unacceptable. It is also offensive.
“Is this how Ukrainians will be seen abroad?” Who steals, wants to get everything for free, is afraid of deportation? It shouldn’t be.
Her comments were supported by figures like Ukrainian influencer Eugenie Hawrylko who questioned whether there was “still a place for such ignorance and intolerance” in the 21st century.
Researcher Olga Matveieva added: “Stereotypes based on nationality not only lead to imbalances, but also fuel aggression. Let’s make peace, no offensive jokes.
Mr Tkachenko voiced his concerns to Netflix, which he said has agreed to maintain “close contact” with him to avoid future instances of stereotypes on the show.
“They thanked me for the comments,” he said. “But they heard about the concern of Ukrainian viewers over the image of a Ukrainian woman.
The show’s second series stars Petra, a native of Kiev, an uneducated thief with a bad fashion sense, played by Ukrainian actress Daria Panchenko.
Despite negative reviews from critics, the series became a favorite with a large fan base who found it to be a “mild” antidote to the covid pandemic.
“We have agreed that in 2022 we will be in close contact to avoid such cases.
“Such an active public position will help ensure that the attitude of Ukrainians is taken into account in future shoots.”
The show’s first series, which stars Lily Collins, daughter of Genesis 2.0 frontman Phil Collins, has also been hit by allegations of stereotypes after the French were dubbed rude waiters, womanizers and mistresses.
“Name a cliché about the French, you will find it in Emily In Paris”, fumes the French newspaper 20 Minutes.
And Madmoizelle magazine unleashed: “It reduces the inhabitants of the capital to vile snobs sporting Birkin bags who light a cigarette as soon as they leave the gym.
Despite negative reviews from critics, it has become a favorite with a large fan base who have found it as a “mild” antidote to the covid pandemic.
Many viewers said they recognized many well-worn themes about Parisians included in the series, whether it was long lunches, arriving late for office, or the French belief that Americans “live for.” work ”- while they“ work themselves ”. to live’.
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Elaine Sciolino, 71, tweeted about the series, created by Sex and the City producer Darren Star: “In the pictures were grains of truth.
“The world is dangerous, and covid is resurfacing in France. Let us taste the pleasures of everyday life. ‘
Earlier this week, Lily Collins sent fans into a frenzy after appearing to confirm that there would be a third season of her hit show as she played with fans that the show could take place in Berlin.
Fans got excited after Lily reposted a photo of herself posing for Vogue Hong Kong alongside a comment from a fan suggesting the style was more “Emily In Berlin” and she teased in response: “Pivot of season 3 ??? Who is with me? ‘
Lily Collins produced the second season and played the role of Chicago-born Emily Cooper who works as a social media strategist for Savoir although she never learned to speak or write French – much to the chagrin some of his colleagues.